Getting to the Bahamas

How do you get to the Bahamas? You can fly to the Bahamas or get to the Bahamas by boat. Many destinations in the Bahamas are just a few minutes by flight and a few hours to an overnight sail from southern Florida.

Bahamas by air:
By Air: Flying to the Bahamas is made easy by the nearly 60 airports in the Bahamas. Twenty-four airports are official Bahamas ports of entry. There are three international airports in the Bahamas. The busiest airport is Lynden Pindling International Airport in Nassau.

American Airlines, Delta, US Airways, Jet Blue, and Continental Airlines and Bahamasair all provide direct flights between the US mainland and various destinations in the Bahamas. Air Canada also has direct flights daily to the Bahamas from Toronto and Montreal. There are direct flights from London to the Bahamas via British Airways.

Bahamas by ship:
Countless government and private marinas accommodate boating in the Bahamas. There are 29 official ports of entry to accommodate getting to the Bahamas by boat.

There is so much daily boat traffic between the Florida coast and Grand Caymans and the Nassau Channel that it looks like a busy freeway. Cruise ships going to the Bahamas, sports-fishing boats, diving charters to the Bahamas and privately owned yachts make a beeline for the Bahamas as the most popular offshore recreational destination close to the US mainland.

Many cruise ships to the Bahamas depart the U.S. and dock in Nassau and Grand Bahama Islands. There’s also a Ferry to the Bahamas from Florida. Discovery Cruise Line provides daily round trip passage between Fort Lauderdale and Freeport, Grand Bahama, home to the largest casino in the Bahamas.